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I am really thankful for this presentation. I will help my friend that is struggling right now.
— Ending the Silence Student Participant
Become a presenter for Ending the Silence
Ending the Silence, the NAMI stigma reduction and mental health education program, is presented in middle and high school classrooms and other settings by a team of two: a lead presenter and a young adult presenter. The young adult presenter must be a person 18- 35 with a history of youthful mental illness and both team members must have a connection with mental illness, either in themselves, a family member or friend.
To become a team member, it is expected that you will commit to all the parameters of the program. This could mean presenting up to 4 hours per week or as little as a few hours a month. Team members report how rewarding it is to connect with young people who are grateful that we come in and talk to them about what they are experiencing. Begin by filling out a Volunteer Application Form. Once your application is received, a member of the NAMI SA staff will contact you to set up a meeting.
Youth Ambassadors for Text, Talk, Act receive a two-hour training on how to help organize and lead the Text, Talk, Act activity in their school. Through this training, Ambassadors gain community organizing and leadership skills – and help to bring mental health education to their school.
Youth Ambassadors are expected to attend the full two-hour training and to organize at least one large event at their school, youth organization or with an after-school club. To become a Youth Ambassador, contact Raquel Goodrich at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bring mental health education into your school, youth organization or place of worship.
Talk to your child’s teacher, counselor or principal about providing mental health education in the classroom. Or you can set us up to present mental health education to your child’s Girl Scout or Boy Scout Troop, 4-H Club, sports club, church youth group, or other youth organization.
Contact us and we will follow up with you to bring one of our programs to your organization.
Represent Help & Hope for YOUth at Events
Set up a table of NAMI and Alliance member brochures and handouts, and talk to young people at health fairs and other events. Use the Contact Us form to let us know you’d like to help out.